Thanks to Barry Martin, theater artist blogging here, I saw this info Monday, which shows the gender gap in male and female voices quoted in news and media, specific to the 2012 election, and women's issues. It's stunning. Take a look and then come back. I'll wait.
I've also seen multiple posts reminding me that on June 4th, 1919, the 19th Amendment was passed by the Senate, after a lengthy state ratification process, and passage in the House a few weeks prior.
As an actor with an every day is different schedule, casting a ballot can be challenging. But I can't let myself throw away something that women fought for, stood in the cold for, were beaten for, went on hunger strikes for. I can't throw away my voice when voices like mine are underrepresented so drastically in news and media.
In California, we've got permanent absentee ballot status for anyone who wants it. Your ballot comes in the mail, and you mail it back, or drop it off at a polling place on election day. Go here to set it up, fellow Californians. Permanent absentee ballots are also available to residents of Maine, Maryland and South Dakota. Oregon and Washington are mailed ballots only, and there are 22 more states where one can vote absentee on an election by election basis. You can also vote early in many states, by visiting your local city hall, usually starting one month prior to the election. Visit the web page for your state's board of elections to find out more.